The CCCF Special Circumstances Grant Opportunity is designed to support continuity of child care, in particular in disadvantaged or vulnerable communities, where a service is:
- at risk of closure due to an unforeseen event or circumstance, such as a natural disaster, or extreme weather event,
- at risk of permanent closure due to another event or circumstance, where that closure would result in a lack of suitable child care for the community, or
- seeking to commence a new service in a community where another service has closed, resulting in a lack of suitable child care.
Child care services who are approved for Child Care Subsidy (CCS) are eligible to apply for funding where there is a financial need in order to continue to provide child care in the community.
The amount of funding provided to applicants will be determined on a case-by-case basis, depending on the activity being funded and the circumstances of the applicant. Applicants can apply for funding more than once, for example where they have been impacted by more than one unforeseen event, such as bushfire and flood.
Please refer to the CCCF Special Circumstances Grant Opportunity Guidelines.
As per the Ministers Prime Minister's announcement, to minimise the impact of COVID-19 the Australian Government is providing payments to providers under the Early Childhood Education and Care Relief Package. From 6 April 2020 until the end of the 2019-20 financial year, services that remain open, and have children enrolled, will receive a weekly payment to ensure they can deliver early childhood education and care to families who need it. Further information on this, and other Australian Government support available for business owners is available on the department's website.
As such, while applications already received for CCCF Special Circumstances for COVID-19 related matters will be considered, no further applications will be taken from 9am on 3 April 2020.
On 17 January 2020, the Minister for Education, the Hon Dan Tehan MP, announced that the Australian Government will provide support through the Government’s CCCF Special Circumstances Grant funding for bushfire recovery efforts for child care services. To find out more read the Ministers media release.
On 7 November 2019, the Minister for Education, announced that the Government would provide an additional $5 million in funding through the CCCF Special Circumstances Grant to support child care centres experiencing decreased demand and financial pressure as a result of the drought. To find out more read the Ministers media release.
Eligible drought affected areas
The eligible drought affected areas list is based on the list of communities identified by the Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Cities and Regional Development for their Drought Communities Programme. If a service is not located in an identified drought affected area and they require financial support, they can email CCCFSpecialCircumstances@dese.gov.au
How to apply
For more information
The CCCF Special Circumstances Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) provides information on the grant.
The CCCF Special Circumstances Fact Sheet explains the grant in detail.